In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “bonding” defines as, “the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association.” The new Netflix series titled, Bonding, is far from a strong mother-child rapport. More like “bondage,” the dark comedy, whose episodes range from only 12-18 minutes, revolves around the theme of BDSM. The show includes whips, chains, and all your other guilty sexual desires.

The female lead, played by Zoe Levin, lives two lives; by day, Tiff is a grad student studying psychology. During the night, she is the domineering “Mistress May,” one of the best Dominatrix in New York City. Her former high school bestie, Pete (Brendan Scannell), just came out as gay and desires be a stand-up comedian but wrestles with his shy persona. In the meantime, Pete waits tables to help pay rent.

Yet, waiting tables is not enough to offer Pete financial stability; Tiff, whom he hasn’t seen in years, offers him a job as her assistant. Unaware of Tiff’s secret identity, Pete is shocked when he encounters “Mistress May” during their reconciliation. Pete must take the job offer despite his shock, and unwillingly becomes “Master Carter.” It seems this is where the “bonding” comes in; the two high school BFF’s must now find a way to fill the gap in their friendship and work together to satisfy their clients and achieve their goals.

Created by actor, Rightor Doyle, Bonding features co-stars, Micah Stock (Andy), D’Arcy Carden (Daphne), Eric Berryman (Andy), and Theo Stockman (Josh). Season 1 contains seven episodes which have a 4 out of 5 star rating on rotten tomatoes and 7.4 out of 10 star rating on IMDB. The series has yet to renew for a second season, but these positive reviews leave us hoping for a return.

Written by: Savanah Butler